Uber Class Action
Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action against Uber on behalf of participants in the taxi, hire car, limousine and charter vehicle industry. This class action was introduced in response to losses suffered by drivers, licence owners, and operators, when Uber entered the Australian market.
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Ms Jacqui Shephard, TAA Director and Limo Action Group Queensland Chair, shared her thoughts on the issue stating, “This support is welcomed and has been well received by those in the industry. It will not only help licence owners and operators, it will also give some desperately needed assistance to over 160 Queensland taxi and limousine booking entities.”
“The first package of $54.5m was an insult to the industry and many had lost hope of their businesses surviving. This new assistance package is fair and well structured and is a start to helping this industry to survive the financial crisis that COVID-19 has created,” Ms Shephard continued.
Previously, the Queensland Government released a $54.5m essential transport services package in April 2020. Whilst this package did waive some fees, it unfortunately missed the mark. A fee reduction of under $100 when entire businesses are ground to a halt, did nothing to give the support required. It seems that the greatest allocation of these funds was to keep air, bus and ferry services running.
The Queensland Premier has now recognised that the 3200+ taxi licence owners and 500 limousine licence owners in Queensland, represent thousands of small businesses who are struggling to survive in the COVID-19 climate. Licence owners and booking services have been waiving or heavily reducing their fees to try and help the operators wherever possible, but they too are struggling.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “We know many taxi and limo drivers have been hit hard from the COVID-19 restrictions. This has happened at the same time as more Queenslanders with a disability and seniors are becoming more reliant on our taxis to travel safely. This funding package will ensure that they’re not only supported but also that our taxi services are available to those who need it most”.
Queensland’s taxis and limousines have played an essential part in transporting people and deliveries during COVID-19 isolation time. It is right that they receive financial support to keep their businesses afloat, which in turn assists them to continue to provide this essential and valuable service to the community.
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